Houses with gorgeous gardens throughout Connecticut
Fancy attending a garden tour this month? Go right ahead—but also consider visiting these lovely listings, which are graced with gorgeous gardens, terraces, pastures, orchards and other nature-made amenities. Think of it as a most enjoyable kind of multitasking: taking inspiration from these exceptional exteriors while shopping for a new home. Here are our top picks, from a bespoke English manor in Greenwich to the sprawling Remington estate in Lakeville, along with a “smart” home in New Canaan with great green features. Happy spring!
English Manor House
Music executive Charles Goldstuck (formerly of Sony and Bertelsmann) is looking to trade his Round Hill home for a place along the waterfront in Greenwich. And while we’re not supposed to have favorites, this four-acre property offers the best garden tour of the bunch, starting with its majestic private drive, lined on either side by sculpted boxwood and ornamental trees. To match the manor-style home, the landscaping is formal and English, showcasing magnolias, fruit trees, and grape and kiwi arbors, as well as herb and cutting gardens, fountains and manicured lawns. The grounds also offer a pool, a terrace, a courtyard and a three-bedroom guesthouse with its own pocket garden. Oh, and then there is the stately, 17,121-square-foot, circa-1918 home that its owners had decorated by Jeffrey Bilhuber. It’s bespoke from floor to ceiling with artisan-embellished medallion floors and hand-painted French wallpaper here, and an embroidered silk-covered ceiling and sterling silver hardware there. But there’s fun to be had inside as well with a billiards room, 1,000-bottle wine cellar, a media room and a massage room with a spa. Reduced from its original ask of $19.5 million, the listing is offered by Tamar Lurie of Coldwell Banker in Greenwich, the broker who topped last year’s list of most expensive homes sold: She brought in the buyer of the $39.5-million waterfront property on Field Point Circle in Greenwich. Lurie can be reached at 203-622-0245.
New Canaan Colonial
Loaded with luxe features, this 14,000-square-foot Colonial, built by Jeremi Jablonski of New Canaan, proves you don’t have to give up on fun to go green. The home’s eco-friendly aspects include a geothermal heating and cooling system, a self-heating Pebble Tec pool and spa, and award-winning “smart” home controls to ensure optimal energy efficiency. There’s also a Art Deco-inspired home theatre, a bar and billiards room with a built-in TV, a wine cellar and a gym and sauna, along with six ensuite bedrooms, including a master suite with a fireplace and
dressing room. Larry Palma and Becky Walsh of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in New Canaan share the
Suffering a bit from Downton Abbey withdrawal, we were thrilled to find a stateside stand-in: this mini-series-worthy Indian Head Road estate, listed for the first time in three decades. The front courtyard looks to be purpose-built for receiving royal carriages. It’s a gracious and capacious rectangular, ringed with high, sculpted hemlock hedges. The two-acre grounds also feature formal garden “rooms,” stone terraces and a charming guesthouse. The circa-1926 main house is a classic clapboard Colonial, offering six bedrooms and five full bathrooms (plus one half bathroom). Linda Collins of Coldwell Banker in Greenwich has the listing. 203-622-1100.
Sculptor Frederic Remington was also an acclaimed landscape painter, so it stands to reason that his love of the land would be passed down to the descendants who owned this six-acre compound. Perched above what’s called the Lakeville lake (its real name is Wononskopomuc, but who can pronounce that?), this sprawling property certainly enjoys pride of place. The gracious, 4,441-square-foot main house enjoys commanding views of both the lake and the Berkshire Hills. The property also offers gardens, an apple orchard and a guesthouse, as well as a quick trip into the towns of Lakeville (yoga studio and galleries) and Millerton, New York (fab bookstore and a vintage movie theatre). Plus, the listing broker, Andrew Gates of Sotheby’s International Realty in Lakeville, owns the chic Little Gates Wine Merchants in Millerton, so we’re confident he’d be happy to show you around and pour you a glass. 860-671-1437.
A working barn in Kent was converted into an elegantly rustic,
6,000-square-foot home on 47 bucolic acres
Cobble Brook Farm
Interesting back story: A couple of decades ago, this property was used as a horse farm by Mike Nichols, Phillip Roth and William Styron, among other investors. The environmentally minded group bought it, in part, to save the land from development. They sold it in 1985, with Nichols establishing another horse farm in Bridgewater and Roth decamping to Warren. With the help of architects Haver & Skolnick, subsequent owners converted what was once a working barn into an elegantly rustic, 6,000-square-foot home. Although the home is rebuilt from the ground up, the architects retained the silo—now rising above the foyer area. The structure’s double-height ceilings are especially impressive in the 66-by-31-foot great room with exposed beams, sliding barn-style doors and a massive stone hearth. Equally dramatic is the master suite, with cathedral ceilings and a screen porch that’s cantilevered over Cobble Brook. The nearly 47-acre property, which offers gardens, an orchard, a pool, two guesthouses and open pastures, abuts an 1,100-acre land trust. There’s also an antique barn with a hayloft and cow stanchions, perfect for would-be gentlemen/women farmers. The property is listed with Roger Saucy of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot. 860-868-7313, extension 22.